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How to read the Bible : a guide to Scripture, then and now

Author: James L Kugel
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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How to Read the Bible is, quite simply, the best, most original book about the Bible in decades. It offers an unflinching, insider's look at the work of today's scholars, together with a sustained consideration of what the Bible was for most of its history -- before the rise of modern scholarship. Readable, clear, often funny but deeply serious in its purpose, this is a book for Christians and Jews, believers and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James L Kugel
ISBN: 9780743235877 0743235878
OCLC Number: 181602277
Description: xvi, 819 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The rise of modern biblical scholarship --
The creation of the world --
and of Adam and Eve --
Cain and Abel --
The great flood --
The tower of Babel --
The call of Abraham --
Two models of God and the "God of old" --
The trials of Abraham --
Jacob and Esau --
Jacob and the angel --
Dinah --
Joseph and his brothers --
Moses in Egypt --
The exodus --
A covenant with God --
The ten commandments --
A religion of laws --
Worship on the road --
P and D --
On the way to Canaan --
Moses' last words --
Joshua and the conquest of Canaan --
Judges and chiefs --
The other gods of Canaan --
Samuel and Saul --
The psalms of David --
David the king --
Solomon's wisdom --
North and south --
The book of Isaiah(s) --
Jeremiah --
Ezekiel --
Twelve minor prophets --
Job and postexilic wisdom --
Daniel the interpreter --
After such knowledge...
Responsibility: James L. Kugel.

Abstract:

How to Read the Bible is, quite simply, the best, most original book about the Bible in decades. It offers an unflinching, insider's look at the work of today's scholars, together with a sustained consideration of what the Bible was for most of its history -- before the rise of modern scholarship. Readable, clear, often funny but deeply serious in its purpose, this is a book for Christians and Jews, believers and secularists alike. It offers nothing less than a whole new way of thinking about sacred Scripture.
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